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Refrigerant 101: What You Should Know

September 13th, 2021

refrigerant-lineHow often do you think about the various components that make it possible for your air conditioner to function? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is probably “not very often.” We understand. However, there is one component in particular that you really should care about—enough to know why it’s so important and what would happen if your air conditioner didn’t have it—and that’s refrigerant. Read on to learn more!

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Tips for Cooling a 2-Story Home

August 16th, 2021

top-view-of-outside-ac-unitWhen you have a large home, it can be a challenge to keep it cool as efficiently as possible. After all, we have a lot of hot weather to battle all summer long, in addition to high humidity. This can make for a really uncomfortable environment without the right system and cooling practices in place.

Even when you do have a great air conditioning system, you want to make sure you’re not wasting more energy than necessary. Keep reading as we dive into some tips for cooling a 2-story home—efficiently! 

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Is it Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance?

August 2nd, 2021

gloved-hands-cleaning-out-ductless-air-handlerThere is only one instance in which AC maintenance isn’t warranted. That’s when your air conditioner has completely shut down and is beyond repair. 

In all other circumstances, maintenance inspections are important. Regular inspections extend the life of your air conditioner. For many homeowners, regular maintenance helps prevent the need for expensive air conditioning repairs in Ashburn, VA later.

In this blog, we consider some of the main benefits of regular AC maintenance.

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How You Can Pay Less For your Air Conditioning

July 19th, 2021

ac-units-on-outdoor-wallAs much as people look forward to all the outdoor activities they can do in Virginia during the summer, the very thought of the searing heat can send shivers down anyone’s spine. The summers in Ashburn can become unbearable unless you have a properly working air conditioner to keep your home cool. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain ideal indoor temperatures.

Unfortunately, a harder-working air conditioning system means that you will also have to deal with higher electricity bills. Since your unit will go through excessive strain, your air conditioning in Ashburn, VA might also require more frequent repairs. Between the energy bills and repair calls, you can expect to pay a lot to simply get relief from the summer heat.

What if we told you that there is a way for you to reduce your energy bills and air conditioning repair costs this summer? All it takes is a few simple things you can do to improve its efficiency, and you see significant savings.

Here are some tips that you can use to optimize your air conditioner’s performance and cost-effectiveness to enjoy summers without exorbitant energy bills.

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What Is Short-Cycling and Why Is It Bad for Your AC?

July 5th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenOne of the most common air conditioner problems that our customers call us to deal with is short-cycling. Have you ever faced short-cycling problems with your air conditioner? That is, when your air conditioner turns on and off in rapid cycles. This issue is a symptom of several possible problems with your air conditioner, and it can cause further problems if you don’t address it immediately.

While some reasons for short-cycling could require a simple fix, other problems are too complex to deal with on your own. We recommend calling experts for air conditioning repair in Fairfax, VA to come and deal with it.

This post will discuss what short-cycling is and why it’s bad for your air conditioner to help you understand the importance of dealing with it immediately.

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Subtle Signs You May Have a Plumbing Leak

June 21st, 2021

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-itAs a homeowner, we are sure that you must have faced some kind of plumbing issue over the years. When you think of the most expensive plumbing problems, things like burst pipes or other major faults might come to your mind. You would be surprised to learn that “minor leaks” could be some of the most formidable problems you can face.

Minor leaks can make you feel like they are not that big an issue. However, these minor leaks can result in expensive repairs, a substantial increase in water bills, and more. Unfortunately, it is difficult to notice the signs of these leaks until they have already done significant damage.

We have written this post to help you detect the subtle signs you may have a plumbing leak so you can call a plumber in Leesburg, VA, to come in and make the repairs without delay.

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These Signs Indicate You Need Air Conditioner Repairs

June 7th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitAir conditioning repairs are often time-consuming and can be quite costly—that is, if those repair needs aren’t discovered right away. Fortunately, if you are a diligent homeowner who has maintenance done at least once a year for your AC, then our technicians can alert you to small needs before they become much bigger and result in the need for emergency repairs or even premature system replacement.

Of course, even with maintenance, there is still a chance that a repair need will crop up every now and then. Therefore, it’s important that you be aware of the signs of an air conditioner in disrepair, so you can give us a call when those signs pop up, and we can get it fixed for you ASAP. Read on to learn some indicators.

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How to Help Your Air Conditioner Perform Better

May 24th, 2021

two-techs working-on-acOne of the most popular questions we get as HVAC professionals is how homeowners can improve their system’s efficiency in a way that it will cost them less to run their air conditioners, without sacrificing comfort. Considering how uncomfortable it can get outside during our summer seasons, this is a perfectly reasonable question.

And we have good news! First off, there are a number of services you can have done that will help your air conditioner perform better, plus prevent repairs. Take maintenance, for example. Annual (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) tune-ups will ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as its meant to for as long as it’s meant to.

You can also help improve AC efficiency by performing a couple minor maintenance tasks on your own, like changing out the air filter and making sure the outside unit of your air conditioner is free of debris that can impact airflow. Here are a couple more things you can do that you might not have considered:

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These Sounds Mean Trouble for Your AC

May 10th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenSpring is going to come to a close, and soon enough we’ll be using our air conditioners on a daily basis. When that time comes, your AC system will be put under a lot of stress and accumulate wear and tear quickly.

Of course, the best way to fend off wear and tear for as long as possible is with routine AC maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it within your air conditioner. This helps the system work as efficiently and effectively as it should, for as long as it should.

Maintenance is key to keeping your cooling system in good shape, but repair needs can also crop up between maintenance visits, and for that reason it’s good to know the signs that something is amiss. One of the biggest signs of an AC problem is that it’s making strange or unfamiliar noises. What noises are we talking about, exactly? Read on to find out.

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When Is It Time to Call a Plumber?

April 26th, 2021

pipe-leaking-water-and-homeowner-looking-at-it-while-on-phoneIt can be difficult to determine if your plumbing system is in good shape at any given moment. Most homeowners don’t even think about their plumbing systems much at all, as long as the pipes keep working for them the way they always do. After all, “out of sight, out of mind”! Unfortunately, this is not a great attitude to have with your plumbing system.

At one time or another, your pipes are likely to develop some type of problem, whether it’s a minor leak or clog or something worse. When this does inevitably happen, it’s important that you have it managed quickly, so you can avoid the worst of the damage. Read on to learn about some of the warning signs that your system is in trouble and it’s time to give our team a call.

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